Souvenir shopping in Turkey

Souvenir shopping in Turkey
This is that time of the month when we talk about the souvenirs collected from all over the world and what better time to show you something from Turkey, the new addition to the list of countries visited.

Besides beautiful photos and memories, most of us bring something home from our travels as gifts to our family, friends and loved ones or just for our own keepsake. I am one of them.
For me being abroad and souvenir shopping go hand in hand. Souvenirs speak of stories and histories about the place and can vary in usability, size, shape, color and texture.

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The first thing I put my hands on, is postcards. If you compare the rates with India or other countries, generally postcard shopping in Europe is quite expensive. The cost can start with Euro 1 and could go up to Euro 5 depending on the place you buy at and the quality & work.
However in Turkey, at most places postcards were sold at the rate of 5 for 1 TL (Turkish Lira). And that made me buy in plenty. I also wrote some and sent to loved ones.

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The next thing I pick up is a few key rings or keychains. Key rings are always more expensive than the postcards for obvious reasons. I bought these key-chains starting from TL (Turkish Lira) 2.5 (after bargain) to TL 5 per piece.

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Turkey is known for its authentic hand painted Ceramic paintings. The plates and jars make expensive gift items and the target audience is high income group. Obviously, the turnover for these artifacts is huge.
I bought this colorfully embossed 10″ center piece to be kept on a table.

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I found these bookmarks embroidered with Turkish carpet motifs quite innovative and pretty gifts for book lovers.

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Fridge magnets are the last on my souvenir list. I buy for only those people who like to collect them. For myself, I try to buy fridge magnets which epitomize the soul of that place… with a detailed description.

So how do you find my collection from Turkey? And which do you want? 😛

P.S.- This is a monthly series exhibiting various souvenirs that I have picked up from my journeys across the globe. You can see more of them here.

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22 thoughts on “Souvenir shopping in Turkey

  1. I collect (and ask other people to get for me on their journeys) keychains! I have a shoebox full of them. 🙂 But I think the thing I love the best of these choices is the ceramic, it’s beautiful! Well done!

  2. Lovely collection. I admire the Mid-east artistic stuff and wall paintings. Worth the buy.

    I met a colored glass seller in Cairns (Aus) at a central mall, from Iran/Iraq (don’t remember exactly) offered me colorful glass made fishes for free. Made me happy. 😀

  3. Manasa,
    Thank you.

    Isn’t it amazing to go back in time & remember those moments? 🙂

    Even I saw some fishes made of glass, must be something about them.

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